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Larry David, New York City
John was born in Messina, Siciliy but immigrated to the U.S.A. at the age of twelve. He then enculturated himself deeply into the American way of life, graduated from St. Thomas More H.S., enlisted in the U.S. Marines and later he earned a BA in Economics from Immaculata University and an MA in Philosophy/Psychology from West Chester University. Along the way, he became an avid card player, the game of Pinochle in particular, then he was introduced to Bridge. John first started playing at the West Chester Senior Center about 10 miles from his home. He immediately fell in love with the game and read everything he possibly could on the subject. He was so enamored by the game that he took the ACBL's (American Contract Bridge League) Director’s Test only one month later and missed passing by two questions. Unfazed, he became more determined than ever to become an ACBL Bridge Director.
John started his own Duplicate Bridge game at a local Community Center with only two tables, soon progressing to six or more tables. A few months later, he again took the Director's test in Toronto, Canada, this time passing it. Two weeks following, the Marple Bridge Club became a sanctioned ACBL Club. Since then, the Club has expanded to other locations and is known today as a Multi-site ACBL Sanctioned Duplicate Bridge Club. John presently teaches Bridge at local night schools, libraries, senior living communities and also gives private lessons.
John and partner won first place in North America's World-Wide Bridge Federation Contest in 2012 and came in second in 2013, behind Canada. These accomplishments earned him the title of "Grand Master" from the WBF. He was also the winner of ACBL's Mini - McKenney and Ace of Clubs Masterpoint Races (20 Category) in 2012, both in Unit 141 and District 4. In 2013, he won Unit's 141 Mini-McKenney and the Ace of Clubs Masterpoint Races in the 100-200 Category. In 2014, he won first place in both, the Ace of Clubs and the Mini - McKenney in Unit 141. These achievements earned him the title "Life Master" from ACBL. In October, 2015, John and his partner were number one overall in the Gold Rush Pairs in the Lancaster Fall Regional.
John is fully immersed in teaching private lessons to groups of four i.e. in their home, office or any other location. His supervised play has proven to be a big success to proper bidding and playing.
DIRECTOR AT WORK:
Helen Mirren, New York City